THE FUTURE OF AIR TRAVEL: FLYING DRONES AND TAXIS TO DISRUPT THE MOBILITY AND TRANSPORTATION

  • Passenger drones: Passenger drones are expected to be hybrid or electric quadcopter that can be utilized to commute people or cargo delivery between established/on-demand origination and destination points. Passenger drones can be remotely piloted, fully autonomous, and manually piloted. When manually driven, the pilots require a certification or license. Passenger drones could cover short to medium range distances (up to 65 miles)
  • Traditional flying cars: Traditional flying cars would be the vehicles where the pilot/drive can fly/drive the vehicles in car configuration to the airports, reconfigure the vehicles to the airplane mode, and then fly to a destination airport. Traditional flying cars are designed to transport people and fly medium to long distances (50 to 200 miles). Recently, traditional flying cars would need to be operated by a licensed pilot, but it could be made fully autonomous and driverless/pilotless over the time
  • Revolutionary vehicles: Revolutionary vehicle are estimated to be a combination of traditional flying car and passenger drone, would be fully autonomous vehicles that can start and stop everywhere, with a distance of greater than 200 miles beyond the traditional flying cars and passenger drones. Revolutionary vehicles have advanced VTOL capability and can land and take off from almost anywhere due to the requirement to establish a vertiport/airport. Initially, these would like to be piloted by a licensed pilot, but they could be made fully autonomous over time.
  • China’s Ehang has just tried its self-flying traveler drone, named 184, displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2016. This quadcopter has just been tried in Dubai, where it is relied upon to be operational as right on time as 2018, as per the organization. Be that as it may, Ehang needs to get a flying permit
  • Aurora Flight Sciences was acquired by Boeing in October 2017, revealed the eVTOL, with the prototype tested at the start of 2017. The company likewise reported an association with Uber, which is working on-request flying vehicles
  • In April 2017, AeroMobil revealed the final commercial design of Flying Car. The flying car is designed to be both flown and driven, unlike other companies, which are mostly focused on manufacturing of VTOL aircrafts
  • Airbus’ Project Vahana, a self-governing electric helicopter, and CityAirbus, an air taxi, are likewise in the high-level improvement stage. CityAirbus is a plan for an air taxi, with numerous propellers and the presence of a little robot. Clients would have the option to book a seat on CityAirbus as they book a rise in Uber
  • In November 2017, Volvo’s parent company, Geely, acquired a flying car start-up, Terrafugia. Transition, Terrafugia’s first flying car is in its testing phase, and the company is in the working phase on a VTOL flying car, which is expected to debut in 2023
  • Ridesharing companies: There’s potential for new players with these vehicles to acquire traction in the elevated travel space if they are first to showcase with an affirmed vehicle arrangement. Uber has declared its aim to dispatch a VTOL air taxi network as a feature of its flying vehicle project, Uber Elevate
  • Rental car companies: Rental car companies could boost their capabilities in customer relationship management, fleet operations, payments, and optimization to provide shared VTOL fleets
  • Aircraft leasing companies: Aircraft leasing companies own a significant portion of today’s large passenger aircraft and could play the same role in leasing and financing smaller flying cars and passenger drones to shared mobility fleet operators, with payments based on either flat rates or usage

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